G.I. Fishing Derby Draws Hundreds


Hundreds cast their lines for an annual event in Grand Island Saturday.

It was the 22nd year for the Izaak Walton Fishing Derby.

The event drew more than 200 people, though organizers said participation was down because of the threat of rain.

It didn't stop 8-year-old Serenity Alvarez from fishing for the first time.

"Took a while and I finally caught my first fish, a cat fish," said the Grand Island girl.

"[It] gets the kids out of the house. Gets them away from their computer. Gets them out to learn a little bit about the outdoors and learn how to fish and learn a little bit about drug and alcohol abuse," said John Meister, organizer of the derby.

Fifty trophies were given out, as well as four lifetime fishing licenses valued at nearly $400 apiece.